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Substitution for Yogurt in parve recipes?

websterhall1994 Oct 22, 2009 07:42 PM

I've come across a bunch of recipes lately I want to try. I can't find Parve Soy yogurt in Vanilla or Plain -Trader Joe's only has fruity flavors and the Silk brand are dairy.
I'm looking specifically for a low fat substitution, so Tufutti Sour Supreme, which I loathe anyway, is probably not the right choice.
Any suggestions?

  1. goodhealthgourmet Oct 22, 2009 07:47 PM

    is it for cooking or baking?

    i *think* the Whole Soy & Co. brand, which you can find at Whole Foods Market, natural foods stores and even some mainstream supermarkets is Parve - you might want to look into it. they do make Plain and Vanilla, and it's relatively low in fat.


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    1. re: goodhealthgourmet
      MDhaliwal Nov 13, 2011 02:01 PM

      I'd second Whole Soy & Co. It is listed as Pareve on the containers and is my favorite yogurt substitute. If it works for you, it's a great product!

    2. queenscook Oct 22, 2009 09:25 PM

      Depends on the hechsherim you trust. My Rav does not accept the hechsher on the Whole Soy & Co. brand, but for those who do accept it, it is marked parve, as far as I recall. However, if it's for a parve dessert after a fleishig meal, there are some "dairy equipment" brands, where the yogurt really is parve, but because of the halachos about not eating parve things made on dairy equipment directly with meat, they are not appropriate for use in actual fleishig recipes. I think I saw a vanilla or plain of "Soy Delicious" brand. Or is it "So Delicious"? Can't recall, but I think the OU-D is because of the equipment, not the ingredients.

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        koshermasterchef Oct 31, 2009 03:10 PM

        Here is my recipe for a substitution that I have used frequently and which I have actually used when cooking Kosher Indian dishes. This is my own creation, so if you do use it and if you pass it along, please give me credit as it will be in my soon-to-be-published recipe book and I don't want anyone to suggest I am infringing on someone else's trademark. Also, please let me know how it works for you as I am always interested to learn how people use my ideas in their daily cooking.

        Pareve "Yogurt":

        ½ cup non-dairy creamer
        1 tsp lemon juice
        2 Tbsp mayonnaise

        Combine thoroughly. Makes approx. 5 oz

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        1. re: koshermasterchef
          Bzdhkap Oct 31, 2009 07:32 PM

          Koshermasterchef: I, for one, am really excited about your recent contributions to this board. I hope you stick around and share more of your knowledge with us. Please keep us posted on your cookbook!

          1. re: Bzdhkap
            koshermasterchef Nov 1, 2009 02:45 PM

            Many thanks for your supportive comments.

          2. re: koshermasterchef
            queenscook Oct 31, 2009 08:33 PM

            The OP was looking for a low-fat substitiute; each tablespoon of mayonnaise has 12 grams of fat, so this "recipe," calling for 24 grams of fat total, is not really low-fat.

            1. re: queenscook
              rockycat Nov 1, 2009 11:08 AM

              Mightn't the substitution recipe work just as well with a reduced far or no-fat mayonnaise? That would satisfy the OP's requirements.

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                koshermasterchef Nov 1, 2009 02:44 PM

                Actually, mayonnaise and non-dairy creamer both come in low or lower fat versions. I assumed the poster would make substitutions as deemed fit. Also, one should always make decisions regarding fat quantities based upon the total dish and the number of servings in the dish. If one is making a chicken curry (as I do when I use this quantity of yogurt substitute) for twelve it is important to divide the grams of fat by the servings, which in this case would essentially be 2 grams of fat per serving. This is where one usually decides on a taste versus substance equation. I hope the OP will take that into account when deciding how to proceed.

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            kashrutnews Jan 10, 2010 01:45 PM

            there is coconut yogurt. The brand name is So Delicious by Turtle Mountain. I believe it is parve. If not, you could perhaps thicken some coconut or almond milk....or use mayo instead?

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            1. re: kashrutnews
              queenscook Jan 10, 2010 06:16 PM

              This product is dairy equipment.

              The OP may or may not still want this info, but remember that coconut milk and regular mayo are very high in fat.

              1. re: queenscook
                mamaleh Oct 31, 2011 09:12 AM

                So Delicious actually makes 2 different kinds of yogurt. Their plain Greek Yogurt is made with coconut milk and is pareve, not DE.

                1. re: mamaleh
                  rockycat Oct 31, 2011 09:51 AM

                  Does it have any noticeable coconut flavor?

                  1. re: rockycat
                    mamaleh Oct 31, 2011 10:01 AM

                    Very slight if you eat it plain. My husband does not like coconut (even a whiff of coconut fragrance sunscreen makes his stomach turn), but if I I use it in a dressing or a sauce he cannot taste it.

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              anitalynne Oct 30, 2011 02:36 AM


              Solgurt. Made in Canada

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              1. re: anitalynne
                GilaB Oct 30, 2011 07:42 AM

                That doesn't seem to be available in the US right now.

                While they trumpet that they're kosher, they don't say on their website who is providing the certification. Any idea?

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                SoCal Mother Oct 30, 2011 10:30 PM

                I saw parve yogurt with one of the major hashgachas in Sprouts's (formerly Henry's) this evening. California, Arizona, Colorado and Texas.

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                  mamaleh Nov 13, 2011 05:53 PM

                  I just got back from a Whole Foods in SoCal. They carry Wildwood Soyogurt. It is OU Pareve.

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                  Esty Nov 13, 2011 04:30 PM

                  I know this in not low fat but canned coconut milk works really well in place of yogurt. Especially in curry.

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